Longer, Lighter, Stiffer: Audi’s New A5 Cabriolet

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Audi has already announced the new A5 and A5 Sportback, which of course left one further model to be announced – the A5 Cabriolet. It will share the same engines as the other A5 models and like the other A5 models it’s lighter than its predecessor.

Longer, Lighter, Stiffer

Thanks to a mix of weight-saving materials, the new A5 Cabriolet is up to 40kg lighter than the outgoing model depending on what specification but don’t think the chassis will flex when the going gets tough. As you’ll know, taking the roof of any car means it needs a bit more extra beef in the chassis to provide the necessary rigidity. Not only is the new model 40% more rigid but it’s the best in class now.

4.7cm longer than the outgoing the A5 Cabriolet, the new model will be able to offer more space inside, with compact seats helping to offer even more room in the cabin. Both those in the front and those in the rear will be able to enjoy extra room with 18mm more legroom in the back and 26mm more shoulder room in the front.

Trims and engines

To begin with there will be three engines in offer in the A5 – one petrol and two diesels. The 2.0 litre petrol offers the most power with 249bhp on tap whilst the 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre diesel units are able to offer 187bhp and 218bhp respectively. Another 2.0 litre petrol and 3.0 litre diesel will join the party later on with respective power outputs of 187 and 282bhp.

Not enough? Ok then, how about the 3.0 litre petrol found in the S5? This produces 349bhp. As we’re on the the topic of the S5, let’s talk about what else it comes with. 19″ alloy wheels are part of the specification as well as model specific styling, front Super Sports seats finished in Nappa leather, chassis settings and satellite navigation.

The A5 on the other hand will benefit from either 17″ or 18″ alloys depending on trim plus xenon or LED headlights, smartphone interface, leather seats, heated front seats, acoustic free parking and three zone climate control. Sportier models will also benefit from sports seats and sports suspension for a more dynamic ride.

Prices and release date are yet to be announced.

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